Portrait of George Will
Provided by George Will.
March 02, 2016

George Will: Anyone But Trump

The nationally syndicated columnist and conservative commentator was on the University of Illinois Urbana campus Tuesday to speak at Foellinger Auditorium.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline got Will's thoughts on the Republican presidential primary, among other topics.


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IGPA
March 02, 2016

Flash Index Moves Up In February

The Flash Index to the Illinois economy moved up slightly in February, reaching 105.6 after two months of declines.


National Sweetheart Pageant Runners-Up, 2015
National Sweetheart Pageant Facebook page
March 01, 2016

Miss America Ban Could Mean End To Hoopeston Pageant

A clarification in the language from the Miss America organization may mean Hoopeston can no longer hold its National Sweetheart Pageant, held during Labor Day weekend.  The competition has gone on since the 1940's. Its co-directors, Cliff and Michelle Crabtree, say they're looking into what it would take to become affiliated with the organization.


Champaign County Courthouse
Wikipedia
February 29, 2016

Protesters Now Banned From Inside Champaign Cty Courthouse

Three days after a part of a group had to be removed from the courthouse by Champaign County Sheriff's Deputies, Sheriff Dan Walsh has announced that no protests will be allowed inside the courthouse or sheriff's office.  Rallies and similar events are still allowed on the courthouse plaza, as long they're held at least 10 feet from the front door.


A sign in front of a home on Lincoln Avenue in Urbana protests Carle Hospital's tax-exempt status.
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media.
February 29, 2016

Appellate Court Won’t Delay Impact Of Ruling On Hospital Taxes

The 4th District Appellate Court Monday denied requests for a stay of the ruling that threw out a state law that denied property tax exemptions to Illinois hospitals based on their charity care.  Those requests were sought by the Carle health system and Illinois Department of Revenue.  Carle and Presence Hospitals may file a lawsuit as a result.


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Clifford-Jacobs
February 29, 2016

Clifford-Jacobs Lockout Ends

Four unions have reached an agreement with company heads to end the lockout at the Clifford-Jacobs steel forgings plant, north of Champaign.  Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.  The plant opened in 1923, and employees told the News-Gazette's Tom Kacich that it should function for another 100 years. 


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